Current Australian GT Champion David Wall has salvaged a podium finish in the final race of the round from an otherwise frustrating weekend at the 2010 Formula One Qantas Australian Grand Prix. David finished 4th in an interrupted first race...
Current Australian GT Champion David Wall has salvaged a podium finish in the final race of the round from an otherwise frustrating weekend at the 2010 Formula One Qantas Australian Grand Prix.
David finished 4th in an interrupted first race but received a two place penalty, along with four other drivers, when they were judged to have breached the rolling start procedure in race one.
As a result, he started the second race of the weekend in 6th position. Unfortunately the race was over as quickly as it began with an accident on the start line that saw the race red flagged.
David only just managed to avoid the trouble immediately behind him by taking evasive action and was in fourth place when the red flag came out.
The team had worked on the car over night to try and improve the car's handling and to counter the parity adjustments that had been made to his car.
"The changes we made to the car have had a significant impact.
"The extra grip on the circuit has also helped me a lot with the car noticeably better to drive even on the warm up and out laps," said David after the race.
The third and final race of the round this weekend started under thick grey clouds and with light drizzle beginning to fall, making the track very greasy.
After the accident at the start of the second race, the starting procedure was amended the to force the drivers to hold their positions and banned overtaking before turn three.
Once the race started David, who currently leads the Championship, got an excellent start in his Wilson Security backed Wall Racing Porsche Cup S and jumped two positions to be in 4th place before the end of the lap.
David found himself right on the tail of Hackett's Lamborghini with John Bowe's yellow Ascari filling his mirrors.
David fought hard to get past Hackett before finally finding a way through on lap four, diving down the inside of the Lamborghini and taking 3rd place.
With a big gap to 2nd place, David pushed hard to close the gap only to have his run halted when a massive accident saw the race cut short and finish with a red flag.
"It was a tight squeeze through on Hackett and I was bumped as I went through, but fortunately the car was fine,"
"I was worried the hit may have damaged the car as I noticed a slight vibration, but other than a few tyre marks down the side panels, my Porsche was fine.
"It was great to finally be able to put a few laps together this weekend especially as the car felt significantly better in this race.
"It has been disappointing to have so many disruptions in our qualifying and races this weekend as it is a round that I always look forward to, but I think today's race finally showed just how good Australian GT racing can be.
"Despite our results this weekend, I remain optimistic about the rest of the season.
"As a team, we are getting more familiar with the car and how the parity adjustments are impacting on it's performance. I think we are absolutely in a position to be able to fight for back-to-back championships this year.
"This weekend we showed that we will not give up, and will fight for every position that is on offer and this is how we will operate for the remainder of the season."
After a frantic start to the season with two rounds in just over two weeks, the Australian GT Championship will now have a two-month break before returning on May 29 at the Eastern Creek Sportscar Carnival.
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